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About the Author

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TO MY READERS ... In my stories, you will step back in history to times, events, and characters unlike those of the present and yet not so different. My hope is that my stories earn a place on your memory bookshelf ... stories you might want to share with others and dust off and revisit in years to come.       

As a student of history, I delight in connecting factual "dots," posing provocative questions, and taking readers (and listeners) to where they've never been. I also love the Lord and his people, and all things patriotic, historic, West Point, Christmas, Dickens, and eternal, as well as traveling the world with my amazing wife and talking to diverse groups about my narratives and life experiences.

Born an Army brat, I chose to follow in my father's footsteps, the first of three brothers to graduate from West Point, and while there competed as a collegiate gymnast. Six months after graduation, I found myself in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, an experience that figures in my latest narrative, Sông Bé: A Legacy of Vietnam.

 

After Vietnam and becoming an Army aviator (fixed-wing), I had a tour in the Middle East, followed by one in Germany where I then decided to try my hand at being a civilian. In my last assignment (1973-74), my duties included being the Race Relations Officer for a major Army command during a very tense time in U.S. military race relations.

After thanking Uncle Sam for the privilege of serving my country, I  apprenticed with an engineering company, obtained a master's degree, and became a registered professional engineer. I soon formed my own civil-environmental engineering company which grew international in scope. I eventually sold the company to consult privately and pursue what had become a passion - writing historical fiction, editing screenplays, and penning poetry. Along the way, I was privileged to serve as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University and as an assistant professor at West Point.

Other than writing and serving as the chief strategy officer for Ion Power Group LLC, an innovative eco-friendly sustainable energy company, I cherish my family, friends old and new, and veterans, teach adult Sunday School, golf, ski (for a time a Vail Resorts ski instructor), bike, hike, and remain active in veteran and West Point alumni affairs.

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